exclusively american perspective of the vietnam war while ignoring vietnamese perspective, and thai, laos, cambodians, other perspectives we should consider. i also think about allies as well, that these -- the united states is always going to have foreign allies in these conflicts, and through studying our historical interaction with them, what worked, what didn't work, what were the elements where we agreed and disagreed. that will help us understand what we're doing in iraq or afghanistan or other conflicts. so, i think if you want a complete picture of the vietnam war, it's works like this that will help. >> host: "in buddha's company"" the name of the book. richard ruth professor at naval academy is the author.